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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers

04/12/2017

The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Summary of The Nut State Reserve Management Plan 2003

The full The Nut State Reserve Management Plan 2003 is available as a PDF File for download (1103 Kb).

Constituent maps are available as separate PDFs:

  • Map 1 - Location, Access, Boundaries and Tenure (232 Kb)
  • Map 2 - Management Zones (540 Kb)
  • Map 3 - Revegetation and Weed Management (1100 Kb)

The Nut State Reserve protects the most significant landform on the north-west coast of Tasmania. It is an integral part of the life and landscape of Stanley, the historic town lying at its foot. The Nut, or Circular Head as it is also known, is the symbol for Circular Head Municipality. It is the central landmark of the north-west coast, and central to the tourism industry of that part of Tasmania.

The reserve protects the nationally endangered straw daisy Leucochrysum albicans and provides an important breeding site for short-tailed shearwaters, peregrine falcons, Australian kestrels and little penguins. Although The Nut has serious weed problems, remnants of native vegetation remain and the Stanley Peninsula Land and Coastcare group has shown remarkable commitment to weed removal and the restoration of native vegetation and wildlife.

The reserve protects significant Aboriginal and historic heritage sites. The Nut and the Aboriginal sites are of deep significance to the Aboriginal community, both present and past. Historically, The Nut was part of the original Van Diemen’s Land Company land grant. It was also the site of the first microwave telecommunications experiments between Victoria and Tasmania and the first television transmission to Tasmania, bringing pictures of the 1956 Olympic games to viewers at the Green House.

The Nut State Reserve will be managed to protect and restore its natural and cultural values, and to provide for a range of tourism and recreational opportunities, including scenic viewing, walking, picnicking and nature study. The major management initiatives for the reserve are summarised below.

  •  The Parks and Wildlife Service, the Circular Head Council, local Tasmania Fire Service volunteers and Land and Coastcare volunteers will be encouraged to work together to develop and implement a plan for restoring and rehabilitating the vegetation of the reserve and to improve fire safety and accessibility for visitors and locals alike.
  •  Fire management and eradication or control of introduced weed species such as gorse and broom are the highest priorities for management (see Section 4.3).
  •  Management recommendations for the endangered straw daisy and the threatened snails will be implemented (see Appendices 2 and 5).
  •  The old PMG Lineyard will continue to be available for management purposes, but the site will be cleaned up and maintained in a neat and tidy condition, commensurate with its location at the entrance to the reserve.
  •  The fire radio repeater tower and shed will be relocated to improve the skyline of The Nut (see Section 3.3 and 4.1).
  •  As one of the 60 Great Short Walks in Tasmania, the circuit walk around the summit of The Nut will be upgraded to increase visitor enjoyment and safety and to arrest soil erosion.
  •  A Community Co-Management Group will be established to work with the Parks and Wildlife Service and the Circular Head Council in establishing management priorities, resolving issues and conflicts, and participating in volunteer programs.